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Fun for all the family at Wheal Martyn this summer

Posted in News by Lauren Webb on 22nd July 2022

From 1 August, families will be able to enjoy Wheal Martyn’s jam-packed new summer programme, including a variety of creative drop-in and self-led activities suitable for the whole family on selected dates throughout the month.

Ceramic painting and artistic clay sculpting activities will encourage children to explore the china clay industry in a dynamic, interactive and thought-provoking way.

Sue Ford, Wheal Martyn’s Museum Manager, said, “We are so pleased to be able to offer accessible activities to engage both our local communities and visitors from further afield. At Wheal Martyn, we are fortunate to enjoy not only extensive woodlands and nature trails for families to explore, but also an interactive Discovery Centre and new learning space, through which we can bring to life the fascinating and important stories of Cornwall’s china clay industry.”

Also on display until 2 September, the ‘Art on the Menu’ exhibition at Wheal Martyn provides a fascinating insight into the story of the shifting ceramics market in 1930s Britain. The exhibition features remarkable tableware painted by artists involved in a 1934 Harrods experiment, including Laura Knight, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson.

For those keen to engage face-to-face with people from the industry, the museum is offering ‘People of the Industry’ breakfasts on 6 August and 3 September, with opportunities to talk to those who have worked with china clay over a full Cornish breakfast, followed by a guided tour of the historic clay works.

For dates, times and prices, visit www.wheal-martyn.com or call 01726 850362.